Through the Ages is the creation of Czech designer Vladimir Chvatil and is published by Czech Board Games. The initial print run completely sold out, and a second edition is being produced by FRED Distributors. The game presents an exciting story of civilization played through four periods of time, from antiquity to the present. Each game is unique thanks to the many historical leaders, wonders, governments, buildings and military cards available throughout the game. Inspired by the popular Civilization computer game,Through the Ages can be lengthy, but is highly challenging and satisfying. The game has earned the IGA in the General Strategy, Multi-Player category, and it marks the first time the award has been given to a game from the Czech Republic.
Mr. Jack takes two players back to the shadowy streets of 19th century Eight figures lurk through the increasingly darkening London streets, yet the murderous Jack the Ripper has not yet been caught. Will one player, playing the ripper, remain undiscovered or escape from the city before the other player correctly accuses him? Each player uses the quirky characteristics of eight available personas to either try to isolate the Ripper or throw the other off the track. Designed by French designers Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, and released by Hurrican, Mr. Jack challenges the deductive and evasive skills of the players in a clever, yet quick game of chase. The game has been recognized in the General Strategy, 2-Player category.
In order for a game to be eligible for the General Strategy category, a game must have been released from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007
The first round resulted as follows:
6 Through the Ages
3 Canal Mania, Notre Dame
2 Die Saulen der Erde, Jenseits von Theben
1 Die Baumeister von Arkadia, Factory Fun, Imperial
When it comes to splitting ties at the bottom, the first to go is the game which got fewest nominations in the first round of the voting. In this case that was Imperial . Its vote switched to Through the Ages. Then followed Die Baumeister von Arkadia, whose vote went to Die SÃ¤ulen der Erde, and Factory Fun, whose vote switched to Through the Ages. The new position is now
8 Through the Ages
3 Canal Mania, Die Saulen der Erde, Notre Dame
2 Jenseits von Theben
The elimination of Jenseits von Theben gave another vote to each of Through the Ages and Die Saulen der Erde. The figures are now
9 Through the Ages
4 Die Saulen der Erde
3 Canal Mania, Notre Dame.
Canal Mania is the next to go. Two of its votes go to Through the Ages and one to Die SÃ¤ulen der Erde. This gives Through the Ages an overall majority.
WINNER: THROUGH THE AGES
The first round votes were as follows:
5 Mr Jack
4 Medici vs Strozzi
3 Battle Lore
2 Combat Commander Europe, ConHex
ConHex is the first to be eliminated. Both its votes switch to Mr Jack.
Combat Commander Europe is next and its votes go one each to
Battle Lore and Mr Jack. The position now is
8 Mr Jack
4 Battle Lore, Medici vs Strozzi
Mr Jack can't now be beaten, since it would win an 8-8 tie by virtue
of having more first place votes on the first count.
WINNER: MR. JACK